By Greg Halbleib
Week 7 of the high school football season presents a match-up of 4-2 teams driving toward possible playoff berths.
Bloomington (4-2, 3-2 Big Twelve) hosts Peoria Notre Dame (4-2, 4-2) in the featured game of the WJBC Friday Night High School Football Extravaganza. BHS coach Scott Godfrey said the Irish offense will challenge his Purple Raiders.
“We’re going to see a unique offense in that Wing-T double wing that we don’t see really ever in our conference,” Godfrey said. “It’s tough to replicate, it’s tough to prepare for in one week, so it gives us a challenge for our defense.”
The Purple Raiders are coming off of a loss to rival Normal Community last week, but Godfrey said the team hasn’t changed its approach.
“We got into the film room on Monday and put the (Normal) Community game away,” Godfrey said. “Now we’ve got to move on and live in the now. This week right now the only that’s important is PND and coming out and playing well.”
The other four Intercity teams are included in the Extravaganza as Normal Community (5-1, 5-0 Big Twelve) hosts Danville (3-3, 2-3), Rantoul (1-5) visits Central Catholic (0-6), Normal West (5-1, 4-1 Big Twelve) takes on Peoria Manual (0-6, 0-5) at Peoria Stadium and U-High (1-5) heads to Central State Eight Conference leader Chatham Glenwood (6-0).
The Extravaganza begins at 6:10 p.m. Friday on AM 1230 WJBC and WJBC.com with updates every quarter hour and postgame until 11 p.m. Updates can be found on the WJBC Sports Twitter feed (@SportsWJBC, #WJBCHSFB).
Week 7 high school football schedule (all games Friday 7 p.m. unless noted):
Peoria Notre Dame at Bloomington
Normal West at Peoria Manual
Danville at Normal Community
Peoria at Champaign Central
Urbana at Peoria Richwoods
Rantoul at Central Catholic
Monticello at Pontiac (live WJEZ 98.9 and WJEZ.com)
St. Thomas More at Tolono Unity
St. Joseph-Ogden at Illinois Valley Central
Olympia at Prairie Central
Central State Eight:
U-High at Chatham Glenwood
Decatur MacArthur at Springfield Lanphier
Sacred Heart-Griffin at Decatur Eisenhower
Springfield Southeast at Jacksonville
Rochester at Springfield (Sat. 2 p.m.)
Moweaqua Central A & M at Clinton
Ridgeview-Lexington at Fieldcrest
Eureka at Tremont
Fisher at Deer Creek-Mackinaw
Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland at El Paso-Gridley
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at LeRoy
Heyworth at Tri-Valley
Covington, Ind. at Blue Ridge
Champaign Centennial at New Lenox Lincoln-Way Central
Woodstock North at Lincoln
Greg Halbleib can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.